Predicting the Mets 25-Man Roster

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Now that Opening Day is just days away, it’s a good time to predict the Mets 25 man roster, and provide some analysis on their strengths and weaknesses. Of course, there are still a few Spring Training games left that could change things a little bit, and injuries can happen at any time, but I feel pretty confident with this prediction.


STARTING PITCHERS (5)

  1. Noah Syndergaard
  2. Jacob deGrom
  3. Matt Harvey
  4. Zack Wheeler
  5. Steven Matz

With Jason Vargas down, this is as much of a lock as it gets. This will be the first time that the “five aces” will pitch in five consecutive ballgames. With that being said, Wheeler and Matz will have a lot to prove, as Vargas won’t stay sidelined for long. deGrom and Harvey can also benefit this year from having a lot of powerful arms around them. Additionally, with Robert Gsellman in the bullpen to start a game here and a game there.


RELIEF PITCHERS (8) 

  • Jeurys Familia
  • Jerry Blevins
  • AJ Ramos
  • Anthony Swarzak
  • Robert Gsellman
  • Jacob Rhame
  • Paul Seawald
  • Rafael Montero

This is the toughest category of them all. I know a lot of you are upset by that last name, but Montero is simply out of options, and if they had no intention of carrying him, I don’t think he’d still be on the team. In a perfect world, I’d like to see Matt Purke, the lefty who has raised some eyebrows in Spring Training. That being said, Purke has time and Montero doesn’t, which is why I believe Alderson is pushing for Montero.


CATCHERS (5) 

  • Travis d’Arnaud
  • Kevin Plawecki

I guess I lied when I said the starting five was “as much of a lock as it gets”, because d’Arnaud and Plawecki behind the plate is really the only conceivable duo the Mets have.  That being said, these two both have a lot to prove this year. Both were high-level prospects that have yet to prosper in the major leagues.


INFIELDERS (6)

  • Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
  • Asdrubal Cabrera (2B)
  • Amed Rosario (SS)
  • Todd Frazier (3B)
  • Jose Reyes
  • Wilmer Flores

I continue to be satisfied with the Mets depth here in the infield. That being said, with the exception of Rosario and Flores, the team really starts to show it’s age here in the infield. Gonzalez, Cabrera, Frazier and Reyes are all in their mid to upper 30s, which is concerning long term. Also, it’s very disappointing that Dominic Smith has just taken himself out of the equation, but he has. The lack of first base depth is Dominic’s best friend right now.


OUTFIELDERS (4)

  • Yoenis Cespedes (LF)
  • Brandon Nimmo (CF)
  • Jay Bruce (RF)
  • Juan Lagares

I’m really excited to see Brandon Nimmo play regularly this year. He had an amazing Spring Training, and I have high hopes for him. If he preforms well in April, he could shift over to Right Field, while Bruce goes to First Base when Conforto comes back to Center Field. This scenario would push Adrian Gonzalez out of a starting job.


So there you have it. You’re (projected) 2018 New York Mets.

I’ll leave my postseason projection for another day, but I’m actually quite excited about this ballclub, which has fantastic depth and a good arsenal of pitchers. If this team finally clicks, then Mets fans will enjoy what they see.

There are some downsides to this club, the older age of the hitters will produce lots of strikeouts, but this team isn’t built to overpower you with their bats, it’s their arms that will astound the National League.

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